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ON THIS DATE IN 1958, Stan Musial recorded his 3,000th hit.
Thirty years later, a disgruntled teenager on a hotel escalator was complaining to his friend about being too late to get Pete Rose’s autograph at a card show.
“I got a few, I got this guy, Stan Meeasl … Moosil … Misial,” the teenager said. A disgruntled baseball writer, Dan Shaughnessy, said to the kid, “That’s Stan Musial. You should know him. He got 3,600 hits.”
He got 3,630 to be exact, and exactly as many at home, 1,815, as he had on the road. Musial won three MVPs and finished second four times. He has accrued the third-most MVP votes (prorated) of all time after Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols. Musial won seven batting titles and is a lifetime .331 hitter with 475 homers: The only players with a higher average and that many homers are Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. I believe Musial is the most underrated superstar of all time. He is in the discussion as one of the five best players ever, he is the best to…